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TEL AVIV, Israel,
May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Trading on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) during the last two weeks ended up for all leading TASE indices.
The TA-25 index increased
1.0% over the last two weeks, bringing year-to-date increase to
The TA-100 index increased
1.4% over the last two weeks, bringing year-to-date increase to
This last two weeks the Ministry of Finance (MoF) floated US
$0.8 billion government bonds in offerings on the local market. From the beginning of 2013 the MoF raised US
$7.5 billion in public bond offerings.
Seven companies raised US
$0.4 billion in public bond offerings this last two weeks. Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US
$4.1 billion through bond offerings. Real Estate companies stood out, raising 38% of the total.
Five companies raised US
$80 million in share offerings this last two weeks. Since the beginning of the year the business sector raised US
$0.6 billion through share offerings.
BOI Interest Rate
The Bank of
Israel lowered the interest rate, for the first time this year, by one quarter of a percent, to 1.5%, starting
17 May 2013.
Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that in
April 2013 the Consumer Price Index increased 0.4%, bringing the total for the first trimester to 0.4%, after an increase of only 1.6% for the entire 2012 year.
Figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics indicate that economic growth came to 2.8% (annualized) in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 2.6% in the previous quarter and 2.8% in the third quarter of 2012.